Stony Brook Medicine is the premier medical research institution in Suffolk County and a central component of Stony Brook University, one of the nation's leading public research universities. It was recently named the third most beautiful hospital in the country. Located on the grounds of the 1400-acre main campus on Long Island's North Shore, 50 miles east of New York City, the campus is home to nearly 24,000 students. It encompasses an 8,300-seat stadium, sports complex and Staller Center for performing arts.
The department has been privileged to include many national leaders in academic pathology, including Dr. Arthur Upton (former Director of the National Cancer Institute), Dr. Marvin Kuschner (the founding chair of the department and a pioneer in research of chemical carcinogenesis and cigarette smoking), Dr. Lauren Ackerman (author and founding editor of Ackerman's Surgical Pathology), Dr. Jorge Benach (discoverer of the etiologic agent of Lyme Disease), Dr. Cynthia Kaplan (President of the Society of Pediatric Pathology, 2010-11), Dr. Martha Furie (President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, 2010-11), and Dr. Eric Spitzer (President of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 2012-13).
Members of our department serve as regional and national authorities in clinical and anatomic pathology, as innovators in graduate student, medical student, and resident education, and as national and international authorities in both basic and translational research. The Pathology department is both a basic science and clinical department and provides comprehensive service in all aspects of laboratory medicine, as well as in surgical pathology and cytopathology. The department has recently embarked on a period of expansion which includes enhancement of our physical facilities, the acquisition of state of the art technology, the implementation of new initiatives in undergraduate and graduate education, and the development of new programs in clinical service and in research.
The goal of the Stony Brook Medicine Department of Pathology Residency Training Program is to provide an excellent educational experience such that program graduates possess the knowledge, skill and attitude for the successful independent practice of pathology and for the life-long pursuit of learning. Our program provides comprehensive training in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP), combined or individually, as well as in research and education.
The majority of our residents choose combined AP and CP training; however, we also offer AP only and CP only training tracks. The combined AP/CP program consists of an integrated four-year program. During the first two years the residents are exposed to the major divisions of anatomic and clinical pathology. The first year focuses on AP training, including surgical pathology and autopsy, with one to two CP rotations. The second year is composed primarily of CP rotations.
In the subsequent two years the residents take advanced and elective rotations in both anatomic and clinical pathology, depending on their particular area of interest. All rotations are at SBUMC, with the exception of forensic pathology, which is at the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office (generally taken during the second or third year of training).
Our AP rotations include autopsy, surgical pathology, cytopathology, and forensic pathology. There are a number of subspecialty rotations available, including dermatopathology, neuropathology, breast pathology, gynecologic pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, renal pathology, placenta-perinatal pathology, and AP lab management.
CP rotations include clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology/coagulation, hematopathology, blood bank/transfusion medicine, immunology, cytogenetics, and molecular diagnostics.
Click here for a sample AP/CP 4 year rotation schedule.
There are numerous conferences which complement the residents’ rotation experiences. These include didactic AP conferences, unknown slide sessions, AP interesting case conferences, CP conferences with working rounds, autopsy conferences, and journal clubs. Pathology residents also participate in departmental conferences, such as the weekly seminars in Pathology Clinical Conference, Grand Rounds, and QA meetings.
In addition to the above, there are numerous multidisciplinary conferences, including tumor boards, in which the residents actively participate in the presentation of the cases.
Click here for a complete directory of our faculty.
Research is an important component of our residency program, as well as in the discipline of Pathology overall. Our department and institution have numerous talented faculty and cutting-edge facilities to support a wide range of research endeavors, varying from bench-based to translational research studies. Each resident is required to participate in at least one significant research project before graduating from the residency program; these efforts are supported by the department in various ways, including participation in a research-related lecture series, faculty mentorship, and oversight by the Vice Chair for Research. The majority of our residents are involved in numerous projects during their training, many of which result in abstract presentations at national meetings, as well as publications. Click links for listings of abstract presentations, publications, and research in progress.
In addition to becoming excellent diagnosticians and researchers, we feel strongly that our residents should also develop into outstanding teachers. Our residents are involved with teaching numerous groups including medical students, other residents, and members of other departments. Residents participate in small group teaching of first and second year medical students and work with third and fourth year students during departmental electives. Senior residents present and discuss findings at multidisciplinary tumor boards with faculty supervision. These teaching activities support development of expertise in various subspecialty areas as well as teaching skills.
Clinical Fellowship Opportunities
The majority of our residents pursue further fellowship training in a number of different areas. Our department sponsors two ACGME-accredited pathology clinical fellowships: Selective Pathology: Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology (click here for further information on our clinical fellowships).
Current Residents and Clinical Fellows
Our residents and clinical fellows come from diverse educational and training backgrounds; some are MDs who entered residency training directly after medical school; some are MD, PhDs who have participated in significant basic science research, while others have had careers outside of the healthcare field before attending medical school. They all have in common the desire to develop into excellent pathologists, researchers, and educators.
PGY - 1
Haye, MD, PhD
Rokhsareh Khatami, MD
Sharon Secola, MD
PGY - 2
Dhanalakshmi Balakrishnan, MD
Maria Del Mar Capo-Martinez, MD
Chengbao Liu, MD
PGY - 3
Richard Atkinson, MD
Rajarsi Gupta, MD, PhD
Shuling Zheng, MB, PhD
PGY - 4
Kevin Neill, MD
Dimple Pandya, MD
Travis Parker, MD
Chiraag Patel, MD
Pathology Clinical Fellows:
Michael Bellone, DO (Hemepath Fellow, PGY-5)
Bryan Harmon, MD (Selective Pathology Fellow, PGY-5)
Daniel Mockler, MD (Selective Pathology Fellow, PGY-5)
The State University of New York at Stony Brook offers academic programs in many undergraduate and graduate subjects. Lectures, concerts, art and photography exhibits, films, theatrical productions and athletic events on campus complement the diverse academic programs. Located on 1400 wooded acres on the North Shore of Long Island, in a region of coves, beaches and small historic villages, Stony Brook retains a distinctive New England flavor. The town and surrounding communities couple the charm of a rural setting, minutes from the Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean, with cultural, scientific, and industrial resources of the nation's largest city.
Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The standard time schedule for the match is followed. The department abides strictly by the rules and regulations of the NRMP. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application in late summer or fall prior to graduation. Our program’s deadline for application receipt is November 15. Applications, official transcripts, a Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation and USMLE scores must be submitted through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). All inquiries about the application process or training program should be directed to:
Kathleen Pitisi, MBA
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
University Hospital, Level 2, Room 749
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-2224
Stony Brook University Hospital has established a policy regarding the selection and appointment of residents. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of USMLE by the end of 2 attempts; Part 2 CS must be passed on the first attempt. If you have graduated medical school more than 6 years ago, it is highly recommended that applicants have passed USMLE part 3. Applicants should be a US citizen, permanent resident, have employment authorization identification, or have a J-1 visa sponsored by ECFMG. Stony Brook University Hospital does not sponsor H1B visas for GME training.
Please visit http://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/gme/policy and review the policy titled "Selection and Appointment of Residents, Fellows and Transfers."
Director, Residency Training Program
Sonya Hwang, MD
University Hospital, Level 2, Room 749
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-2224
Fax: (631) 444-3419